The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just made your online personal information a lot safer. On October 27, the FCC announced new regulations that limit an Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) ability to give out your personal information to third parties, such as marketing firms. Under these news rules, information will now be broken into Continue Reading

The increasingly popular blockchain, the underlying technology of the bitcoin, has been the object of a “patent land grab” by companies seeking to capitalize on its potential outside of the bitcoin context.[1] Most recently, it has found another use at AT&T, where researchers filed a patent application for a blockchain-based device and [...]

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Backpage.com, once a sleuth-like tool in the fight against sex trafficking, has become the target of criminal investigation. Earlier this month, California Attorney General Kamala Harris charged the classified ad website’s CEO Carl Ferrer with pimping and conspiracy, deploying the help of Texas law enforcement to execute his arrest.

Free speech advocates [...]

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As more people turn to online and mobile sources for news and entertainment, the advertising industry has followed. Instead of focusing on traditional advertising methods, many brands now engage in “influencer” marketing campaigns. Paying celebrities to endorse your products on their social media pages is not a new practice, but now typical celebrities are not [...]

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Should Disney Just Let It Go?

On October 24, 2016 By jrowan

In 2014, a lawsuit was filed that alleged several of the largest animation companies in the United States had conspired with each other to create anti-poaching policies. These policies prevented each company from pursuing employees currently working at another company, thus suppressing wages and salaries. This behavior echoed that investigated by the Department of [...]

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With the recent news that NFL owners are seeking to extend their Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association, the question becomes whether the players are interested in such an extension, and what concessions might the players seek from team owners in return for coming to the negotiating table.

One issue that has [...]

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Copyrighting Costumes

On October 21, 2016 By jdclark

Halloween is just around the corner which means all across the country people are buying, selling, and creating at home a multitude of costumes, from the new Stars Wars: The Force Awakens characters to whatever this is. But, does dressing up as your favorite TV, movie, or comic book character infringe the author or [...]

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Killing the Cable Box

On October 17, 2016 By dpaulson

FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler wants to change the way consumers watch TV by eliminating mandatory set-top box rentals.  So far, however, his cable box free future has remained elusively out of reach.

After seven months of debating, the FCC was scheduled to vote on the proposal on September 29, but ultimately removed it from [...]

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Space Tourism: Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life

On October 17, 2016 By eahlzadeh

What do you want to be when you grow up? Historically, one of the most popular responses to the previous question has been astronaut. With the ending of the Space Shuttle program, this dream seemed to be more unattainable than ever. Fear not, for “when one door closes, another opens,” enter: Space Tourism.

While you [...]

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Record Labels Sue YouTube Audio-Ripping Website

On October 17, 2016 By dsowder

Record labels, in their continuing fight against music pirating, have taken aim at an audio-ripping website that undercuts the legal purchase of music. Several major music labels, including Universal, Capitol, Warner Bros, and Sony, have filed a lawsuit against the website Youtube-mp3.org (“YTMP3”) alleging that the site is responsible for direct, contributory, and vicarious [...]

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